Julie Parry, Chair
Julie has over 30 years experience as a teacher and leader in schools, often in areas with few natural advantages. She has extensive experience of bringing about significant improvements in the education offered to the children in her care. In retirement, Julie maintains a strong link with education as a Trustee of a leading Multi Academy Trust. Julie has a life long love of the natural world and is a keen walker in, and photographer of, her local countryside and the wildlife and plant life to be found there.
Eugene Walker – Honorary Treasurer
Eugene is Chief Finance Officer for Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region. He is passionate about the City, its people, and the countryside that surrounds it. He also likes getting out on his bike when work and family life allow.
David is based in Sheffield, where he spends much of his time in the magnificent countryside on his doorstep as a director and active member of Dark Peak Fell Runners. He was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Sheffield, a senior journalist with BBC Sheffield, a trade union official and a CPRE campaigner in the local green belt. He created the Bradfield Boundary Run in 1994 and has kept it going every year since; and he helped with social media communications during the recent Sheffield street trees campaign.
Faith is managing director of the Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company, which runs the Environmental Quality Mark award scheme on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority. She lives on a working upland farm in the Peak District, helps manage the beef herd and keeps a small flock of rare breed white-faced woodland sheep.
Ruth grew up in rural Staffordshire and has been living in the Peak District for a number of years. With over 22 years’ HR experience within the NHS, Ruth currently holds the position of Head of Human Resources for a local NHS trust, leading the development of Workforce Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion. She is a keen cook, traveller and hill-walker with a passion for the natural world, specifically the conservation and protection of bird-life. When not working, Ruth can often be found on top of a hill with her energetic border collie, Maggie, looking for skylarks.
Les Sturch (Vice Chair)
Les came to Sheffield as a student, returning soon after to work for the City on sustainable development, more recently as Head of Planning and finally as Director of Regeneration and Development. Passionate about the Peak he is a local cycle leader and keen hiker.
Steve has had a 40 year career as a countryside and rights of way manager, working for South Yorkshire County Council, Barnsley MBC, Cheshire County Council and Sheffield City Council. He is a former adviser, on countryside access issues, to the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and was a member of the House of Commons Rights of Way Review Committee. His Interests include hill walking, travel, natural history and photography. Steve lives on the eastern boundary of the Peak on the edge of moorland.